Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade & Ball 2018 (Arlington, VA)

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    Celebrate Mardi Gras in Arlington, VA

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    The Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade is the largest celebration of Fat Tuesday in the Washington DC area. Organized by the Clarendon Alliance, the parade is family friendly and includes local community groups, horses, dogs, fire trucks, colorful masks and thousands of Mardi Gras beads. New this year, the event will include a Mardi Gras Ball which will be held regardless of the weather. Enjoy live jazz, New Orleans-style food and contests.

    Date and Time: February 13, 2018, 7 p.m. The parade has confirmed that it will go on tonight!

    Parade Route: The parade runs along Wilson Boulevard from North Barton Street to North Danville Street. Wilson Boulevard will be closed off for the parade. There is usually plenty of parking available around the adjoining streets.

    Mardi Gras Ball: 7-11 p.m. Clarendon Ballroom,  3185 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA.

    Enjoy the following photos and get a glimpse of the parade.

    See also, a guide to Clarendon Restaurants

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    Ballou Senior High School Marching Band

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    Local groups such as the Ballou Senior High School Marching Band entertain the crowd during the Mardi Gras Parade in Clarendon, Virginia.
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    Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill

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    Many local businesses participate in the parade, tossing beads, toys and candy to the crowd.
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    Whitlow on Wilson

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    Whitlow on Wilson, a Clarendon hotspot brings a lively float to participate in the Mardi Gras Parade.
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    Diablada Boliviana

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    Diablada Boliviana, the Bolivian dance group, wears lively costumes and are fun to watch.
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    Freddies Beach Bar

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    Freddies Beach Bar, a Crystal City bar and restaurant known for its drag performances, drives through Arlington in the parade.
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    Screech - Washington Nationals

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    The Washington Nationals mascot Screech participates in the Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade.
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    Artomatic - Mardi Gras Parade

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    Non profit organizations, such as Artomatic, the DC area's one-of-a-kind art extravaganza, participate in the Mardi Gras Parade.
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    Capital Bikeshare

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    Capital Bikeshare brings a variety of costumed bicyclists to the Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade.
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    The Church at Clarendon

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    The Church at Clarendon participated with this brightly decorated car in the Mardi Gras Parade.
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    Jim Moyer Circus Club

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    Jim Moyer Circus Club members perform on unicycles.
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    Screwtop Wine Bar

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    Screwtop Wine Bar of Arlington rolls through town and tosses dozens of Mardi Gras beads to the crowd watching the parade in Clarendon.
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    US Park Police

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    The US Park Police participate in the parade on horseback.
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    Willie's Po Boy

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    Willie's Po Boy, an Arlington-based food truck is decked out with a lovely Mardi Gras mask and lots of beads.
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    Countdown to Yuris Night

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    Countdown to Yuris Night, a variety show at the Artisphere in Arlington, entertained the crowd with lively music.